Family of Man

Paintings

Finalist

Oil on canvas, 180cm x 116cm

It may be said that the impulse to care for and protect family, comes from how much of ourselves we recognise in each other, as well as the genetic ties that bind us. This is challenged though by the commonly held belief of human superiority over all other animal species. As a direct result of human action the bonobo, one of our closest animal relatives, with whom we share over 98% of the same DNA, is being driven toward extinction.

by Gretta Allen